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Miracle Dogs: Rescue Stories

by Ryan on October 11, 2014

in Dogs, Pets

A great book about rescue dogs was released this week.  PetsitUSA was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of Miracle Dogs: Rescue Stories by Liz Stavrinides.  There are many stories of how amazing rescue dogs can be for pet owners and even other pets.  The book starts out strong by telling how a rescue dog changed the lives of an autistic boy and his family.  The inspirational stories continue, including how a rescue dog can help someone recover from the loss of a loved one.  Each story is accompanied by photos taken personally by the author.  An official description is below.  You can purchase the book here.

Miracle Dogs celebrates and honors the rescuers and the dogs whose lives they’ve saved. It features wonderful stories and photographs of dog rescuers, dog trainers, and rescue organizations such as The Gentle Barn and Tamar Geller’s Operation Heroes and Hounds, along with celebrity pet owners such as Chevy Chase, Hoda Kotb, Bob Einstein, Amanda Hearst, Jamie Lynn Siegler, and Lance Bass. Each story includes portraits of the dog and its new family, followed by a concise, compelling narrative detailing the dog’s journey to its new home.

A professional pet photographer, Liz Stavrinides spends much of her time on projects  related to animal rescue. Miracle Dogs was born out of her desire to collect and share the stories of the dogs she’s met over the years, showcasing the incredible bravery and compassion of both canines and owners.

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The latest recall is Simply Nourish Biscotti with Beef & Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats.  Only the  product with a specific expiration date is being recalled.  It was first reported by truthaboutpetfood.com.  An official press release can be found at PetSmart’s website.  It is listed below:


Loving Pets Corporation has announced a voluntary recall of the following expiration date of Simply Nourish Biscotti with Beef & Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats due to the potential of mold growth. No other Simply Nourish or Loving Pets treats are affected.

Product Description: Simply Nourish Biscotti with Beef & Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats
SKU: 5203800

UPC: 73725747061

Expiration Date: 02/16

It is recommended that you immediately stop using the specified product and return it to any PetSmart store for a full refund. To receive a full refund, please bring your receipt or a copy of this email to your local PetSmart store. Our store associates can help you find a replacement. If you have any personal or pet health concerns please contact your health care provider or veterinarian. For any additional questions related to this Product Recall please call the Loving Pets Corporation at 1-866-599-7387.

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Here is the latest pet food recall due to the risk of salmonella.  The full FDA report is below.

Bravo Recalls Select Chicken and Turkey Pet Foods Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Contact
Consumer:
866-922-9222

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 26, 2014 – (Manchester, CT) Bravo of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube.

1) These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! TURKEY BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS
Product Number: 31-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546311025
Keep Frozen

Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211028
Keep Frozen

2) These products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that tested positive.

Premium Turkey Formula BRAVO Balance RAW DIET
Product Number: 31-405
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546314057
Keep Frozen

Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-105
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211059
Keep Frozen

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.

No additional products affected by this recall. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

In addition to the voluntary recall of the above products, Bravo has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the following poultry products from the marketplace to provide its customers with the certainty of safety. Those products include all sizes (2 lb., 5 lb. and 10 lb.) of Bravo Chicken Blend(s), Bravo Turkey Blend(s), Bravo Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula frozen raw diet products with best used by dates between June 20, 2016 and September 18, 2016. This is being done out of an abundance of caution despite no evidence of any manufacturing defect or distribution problem. None of these products are known to have tested positive for the presence of pathogens. This market withdrawal has NOT been requested by the FDA, but is being done voluntarily by Bravo.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle). Customers who have purchased the recalled pet food can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website www.bravopetfoods.comdisclaimer icon for a full refund or store credit. More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at www.bravopetfoods.comdisclaimer icon, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

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Here’s some official information on the free online conference starting September 22!

Ready to take your business to the next level?

PetSitUSA is a proud sponsor at the upcoming Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference  hosted by Kristin Morrison.

Speaking at the conference will be top experts in pet business, including Patti Moran, Andrea Arden from Animal Planet, Ian Dunbar and many more top pet business experts!

The goal of the conference is to inspire pet business owners to break through problems, get unstuck, and move forward on business goals. In short, to empower you to fulfill your dream of working with dogs for a living.

This conference has a unique format. It’s free (woo-hoo!), international (cool!), and comprised of a series of fun, short interviews with all sorts of personalities and experts in the dog field. You’re sure to take a gem away from each of these informal chats, each one built around the themes of making more money while experiencing more ease and more freedom (nice!).

All the details you need are here: Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference.

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This is an expansion of the previous recall of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products from last week.  In addition to the previous 22 pound bags being recalled, there is a recall of “55-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products sold in Sam’s Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.”  The official FDA Report is below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 31, 2014 – At PEDIGREE®, we care about all dogs and their safety and well-being is extremely important to us, and to our mission – to make a Better World for Pets. For that reason, we have announced the extension of a previous voluntary recall of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the possible presence of a foreign material. The voluntary recall still affects 22 bags shipped to Dollar General across four U.S. states, but it now is being expanded to 55-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products sold in Sam’s Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

This recall is being expanded to Sam’s Club in the U.S. because some of the affected production lot was originally said to be held in inventory but was instead released to consumers, which has necessitated the expansion of the recall. We are confident no other packages or retailers are affected by this recall.

Bags may contain small metal fragments, which could have entered the packages during the production process. The foreign material is not embedded in the food itself, but may present a risk of injury if consumed.

We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. We have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed.

At Mars Petcare, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously. We sincerely apologize for this situation and encourage you to reach out to us at 1-800-305-5206 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST if you have questions.

This voluntary recall affects two packages sold in the United States only. No other PEDIGREE® products are affected, including any other variety of dry dog food, wet dog food or dog treats. The affected packages are:

  • 55-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Sam’s Club will have the lot code 432E1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/7/15. See below for a list of Sam’s Club stores.
  • 15-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Dollar General stores will have the lot code 432C1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/5/15. See below for a list of Dollar General stores.
UPC DESCRIPTION
23100 10944 PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food in 15 pound bags
23100 10731 PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food in 55 pound bags

Dollar General
Affected 15-pound bags were sold between August 18 and August 30 at Dollar General stores in:

  • Arkansas:
    • Perryville
    • Cabot
  • Louisiana
    • Baton Rouge
    • Calhoun
    • Hineston
    • Jonesville
    • Pineville
    • Slaughter
  • Mississippi
    • Magnolia
    • Vicksburg
  • Tennessee
    • Memphis

Sam’s Club Affected 55-pound bags were sold between August 14 and August 30 at Sam’s Club in:

  • Michigan:
    • Comstock Park
    • Muskegon
    • Jackson
    • Roseville
    • Saginaw
  • Saginaw
    • Kokomo
  • Ohio
    • Dayton
    • Holland
    • Lima

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Below is the official FDA release on the latest pet food recall. Fortunately, the recall only involves 22 bags of dog food.  22 bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the possible presence of a foreign material.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 26, 2014 – Today, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of 22 bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the possible presence of a foreign material. The bags were produced in one manufacturing facility, and shipped to one retail customer. The facility production line has been shut down until this issue is resolved.

Affected bags, which were sold between August 18 and August 25 in 12 Dollar General stores* in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana, may contain small metal fragments, which could have entered the packages during the production process. The foreign material is not embedded in the food itself, but may present a risk of injury if consumed. We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. We have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed.

Mars Petcare US is working with Dollar General to ensure that the recalled products are no longer sold and are removed from inventory.

Recalled Pet Food

Only 15-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Dollar General in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana with the production code shown below are included in this voluntary recall. Each product will have a lot code printed on the back of the bag near the UPC code that reads 432C1KKM03 and a Best Before date of 8/5/15. No other PEDIGREE® products are affected, including any other variety of dry dog food, wet dog food or dog treats.

UPC DESCRIPTION
23100 10944 PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food in 15 pound bags

At Mars Petcare US, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this recall. Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-800-305-5206 or visit www.pedigree.com/update

*Affected product would only have been sold in Dollar General Stores in these cities:

  • Arkansas:
    • Perryville
    • cabot
  • Louisiana
    • Baton Rouge
    • Calhoun
    • Hineston
    • Jonesville
    • Pineville
    • Slaughter
  • Mississippi
    • Magnolia
    • Vicksburg
  • Tennessee
    • Memphis

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If you are tired of having your dog chew up your shoes, dig up your favorite plants, scratch your expensive furniture, raid the garbage bin, or whine or bark all the time, it probably just needs something constructive to do.

Dogs are very energetic animals and if they don’t find an appropriate outlet for this energy, they will resort to ways that might not go down well with their owners. Dr. Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and an assistant professor of clinical sciences at the Kansas State University says, “Dogs need an outlet to relieve their pent-up energy. A dog receiving adequate exercise will be happy and content, and won’t develop destructive behavior.”

Dogs are meant to live active lives running freely in the wild, hunting for their food, and playing with each other. Considering this fact, many dog owners just let their pooch out in the backyard or garden for a free run assuming their pet will get the exercise it needs. But dogs don’t exercise that way. Domesticated dogs need human interaction and encouragement to run about and get their daily dose of exercise.

You only need to find interesting ways to exercise with your dog. Not only will that keep your dog happy, but you’ll benefit from good health too. Here are some activities that you and your pooch can indulge in together.

Brisk Walking/Jogging/Cycling

Walking and jogging are the easiest ways to keep your dog and yourself fit. Just 30 minutes of brisk walking five times per week can help keep your dog in good shape. Start with a ten-minute walk and increase the duration gradually if your dog is old, overweight, or has any other health-related problem.

Dogs aren’t suited to running or jogging long distances at a stretch. So if you do take your pooch jogging with you, stop at regular intervals so as to not tire it out. The same goes for cycling; while you may be on wheels, your dog will be running along to keep up with you. Dogs also heat up quickly as they do not have sweat glands. You will have to keep an eye on your dog for signs that tell your pal is being over-worked.

Whether you go walking, jogging, or cycling, keep your dog on the leash. While these exercises are relatively simple, they can get quite difficult if your dog isn’t trained to walk on a leash. If you don’t want to be hauled against the sidewalk while cycling with your dog, ensure that your dog is well-trained.

Engage in Games

On days when you don’t want to go out, a little game of throw will be great to elevate your dog’s pulse. Toss a branch or a Frisbee and have your pet catch it in its mouth before the object hits the ground. Of course, this won’t do any good to you as you’ll just be sitting or standing in one place.

You can also set up a simple agility course in the backyard. Hesitant pets can be encouraged with treats. If the course involves having your pet jump from heights, make sure the ground is not too harsh for your dog’s paws. You don’t want your pooch to have sore feet. You can consider calling up a synthetic grass company to get your backyard fitted with artificial turf. Artificial grass will be easy on your dog’s paws and your dog won’t be able to dig up the grass either.

You can also take you dog to a park if your backyard isn’t big enough. Your dog might like to play with other animals at the park. Just make sure your dog has got all its vaccinations right.

Swimming

Swimming is a great form of exercise not only for humans but for their furry friends too. Swimming exercises all the muscle groups in the body and is especially beneficial to people and dogs that have arthritis. The exercise also strengthens the heart and lungs, and improves endurance.

Of course, your dog needs to enjoy swimming in the first place. Also remember that not all dogs are natural swimmers. Your pooch might need some persuasion to get into the water. Never force your dog into the water. Start small by wading in shallow water. You can make use of a dog vest if required. If you have a young pup, introducing it to water as early as possible will make it a confident swimmer as it grows up.

Never leave your dog unattended in deep water. If you are swimming in a pool, train your dog to get out of the pool by using the steps or the ramp.

Dogs love the outdoors. If there’s an adventure trail you have been looking forward to hit, go ahead with your plans and take your dog along. Again, start with a shorter trail first and take to longer trails gradually.

Allow your dog to stop and sniff at things along the trail. Keep a slightly quicker pace than normal when you walk to elevate the pulse and get the exercise you and your dog need.

Conclusion

Before you start any rigorous training, consult your dog’s vet so you don’t end up doing more harm than good. Younger dogs could easily injure bones and ligaments from exercising too much. You need to know if your dog is ready to exercise, how much exercise is enough for it, or if it is unfit for strenuous exercise.

Rather than looking at exercising your dog as a chore, consider it to be an excuse to stay fit. Dogs can make you want to exercise by their contagious excitement. Moreover, while a gym buddy might stand you up any day, a dog will never refuse to exercise with you.

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The latest PetsitUSA membership special is for Indianapolis and Phoenix!  The first two new members to email PetsitUSA from these cities will receive free membership for one year!  Membership benefits include business forms, a discount for Pet Sitters Associates and more!

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